The Episcopal Church welcomes all people to church! God loves you. No exceptions.
worship at st. John's
Unfortunately, we do not have an active congregation and do not worship at St. John's regularly. We are engaged in planning processes to understand how the Church can play a spiritual role, while staying true to our faith expression, in the surrounding community.
Every Thursday evening at 6:30pm, The Rev. Kelly Aughenbaugh will host Evening Prayer in our sanctuary. For more information regarding dates, times, and other special services during the holidays, please see Upcoming Worship Services.
Due to lack of staff and resources we do not do weddings or funerals at this time. If you have any questions or would like assistance in finding a local Episcopal Church, contact the Vicar, Kelly.
what happens during an Episcopal Worship Service
The first part of the service is called the Liturgy of the Word, and it includes prayers, readings from the Bible, and hymns. Toward the middle of the service, we pass the peace, and people get up and move around the church to greet each other in the name of Christ.
The second part of the service is the Eucharist, also called communion. Everyone is welcome to receive communion, regardless of faith background. Communion includes bread and wine, but we believe that you have participated fully in the sacrament if you receive only one element. So, if you prefer not to drink wine, you are welcome to take communion with bread only. If you'd like to come forward for communion but not take bread or wine, it is our custom to cross our arms over our chest to receive a blessing from the Priest.
What is the Book of Common Prayer
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the official service book of the Church of England and, with some variation, of other churches of the Anglican Communion. The BCP was compiled by Thomas Cranmer and others and first issued in 1549. Prayer books, unlike books of prayers, contain the words of structured, or liturgical, services of worship so that the congregation can follow along and participate fully. Over time there have been various editions of the BCP. The BCP most commonly used today in Episcopal churches is the 1979 edition.
To learn more about the Anglican Communion, visit: www.anaglicancommunion.org